Evolution and penguins KS2 Science
Students explore how penguins might have evolved to suit past environmental changes. The core of this lesson is the Penguin Evolution Game, which simulates the six stages of adaptation that lead to evolution.

This full lesson contains:

Slideshow 11 The Southern Ocean and penguin evolution with Dr Lucy Quinn
Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance
Activity Overview Penguin evolution script (student-friendly script to describe the six stages of adaptation that lead to evolution)
Activity Overview Penguin evolution game (instructions for running this classroom simulation)
Student Sheet 11a Penguin evolution game cards
Student Sheet 11b Penguin evolution card sort
Student Sheet 11c Storyboard cloze task
Student Sheet 11d Storyboard template (to provide more challenge)
Subject Update Evolution (background subject knowledge for teachers)

It forms Lesson 11 of 12 from the Our Ocean Planet resource, which is designed to support Key Stage 2 teachers to teach all aspects of the ocean. It can be used as a full topic with over 20 hours of classroom activities or using a pick and mix approach. All lessons and resources are available from Digital Explorer’s TES profile.


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  • SS11b-Penguin-evolution-card-sort---OOP-Mission-11.pdf
  • SS11c-Storyboard-cloze-task---OOP-Mission-11.pdf
  • SS11d-Storyboard-template---OOP-Mission-11.pdf
  • Subject-Update-5-Evolution.pdf

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Created: Feb 8, 2016

Updated: Mar 6, 2019


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